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Disabling the firewall on a Windows® 7 computer

A firewall is a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting authorized communications.
Windows® 7 has a built-in firewall that provides security by limiting or preventing access to your computer from the internet.  Sometimes, built-in firewalls like the one included in Windows 7, conflict with the firewall on the Belkin router.  In such cases, you have to disable the built-in firewall for Windows 7.
NOTE:  Disabling the Windows Firewall should only be done temporarily to allow downloads or hardware installation on your network.  Changes within the network may require you to re-enable Windows Firewall for your computer’s protection.
This article will guide you on how to disable the Windows Firewall using a Windows 7 computer.  Follow the steps below to learn how:
Step 1:
Click the Pearl Image  button.  On Search programs and files field, enter “windows firewall”.

Step 2:
Under Control Panel, select Windows Firewall.

Step 3:
When the Windows Firewall window appears, select Turn Windows Firewall on or off at the side bar.

Step 4:
When the Windows Firewall Settings screen appears, select the option next to the User-added imageicon under Home or work (private) network location settings.

NOTE:  It is only necessary to turn OFF the firewall for private networks.
User-added image
Step 5:
Click OK.

NOTE:  To enable the Windows Firewall again, repeat the steps above but select the option next to the User-added image icon in Step 4.

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